Location: Village of Kalopanagiotis, Marathasa district
Founded: 15th or 16th century. Main church, dedicated to St Heraklidios, was built in the 11th century.
Architecture: St Heraklidios is a cross-in-square type main church. The St John Lampadistis chapel was added to the north side in the 12th century but collapsed in the 17th or 18th century and rebuilt in the vaulted style seen today. A small section of the north wall from the original chapel survives today. At the end of 14th or early 15th century a narthex common to the main church and the St John Lampadistis chapel was erected. At the end of the 15th century a vaulted chapel was built to the north of the chapel with a timber-roofed narthex in the west.
Wall Paintings date back to different periods:
12th century - few wall paintings survive, including the two kneeling monks facing each other on the lower part of the arch.
13th century - the dome together with the west and south vaults, the central part of the west wall and the piers supporting the dome were decorated. Wall paintings on the north and west side of the south west pier, on the south and west sides of the north-west pier and on the western side of the two east piers survive.
14th century - the remaining parts of the main church were redecorated with biblical scenes of which the Evangelical Narration survives in good condition. Six prelates/ Hierachs, largely destroyed, appear on the semi-cylindrical wall of the apse semi-dome, and on the central apse of the semi apse, the Virgin with Christ at her breast, between the Archangels. There are remnants of two Deesis scenes on the north and south walls.
16th century - the north chapel was decorated with wall paintings showing strong influences from contemporary Italian Renaissance art like the enthroned Virgin holding the Infant in the niche at the centre of the east wall.
17th century or beginning of the 18th century - the south wall of the chapel common to the main church and the north chapel, was replaced by an arch, destroying many wall paintings. The main church and the St John Lampadistis chapel complex are covered by a single steeply-pitched timber roof with flat tiles similar to the one covering the north chapel.
Agios Ioannis o Lampadistis-Kalopanagiotis